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50 51 On the other side of Fyfield Down is a dolmen, close to the A4. Known as the Devils Den, it consists of a capstone suspended on three uprights. I prefer to call it Pans Den. Dolmens like this one were often covered with an earthen mound. It is not known if they were burial places, meditation chambers or neolithic follies. Another peculiar piece of the neolithic jigsaw puzzle Many ancient sites were given the Dname, the countryside is full of Devils Stones the Devils Dyke and the Devils Chair being other examples. It has been said that this all goes back to Bacchus, and the shaggy legs and goaty horns of Pan, the king of the faeries. Whether fairies really are dangerous or not nobody knows, but places and people with strong connections to the ancient earth traditions quickly suffered as understanding faded to be replaced by fear of the unknown. Despite centuries of repression, different levels of tradition nevertheless clung on in various remote parts of the British Isles, as they do in all truly ancient cultures, and you must walk through a field dedicated to St. Pesticide to get to the Devils Den today. pAns den the Avebury quoit
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